Three things the press keeps getting wrong about the Facebook antitrust case

This stuff is complicated which is why it is important to get it right.

BY TIM WU & SCOTT HEMPHILL

1. Reporting that the Instagram and WhatsApp mergers were approved in 2012/2014 and discussing such “approvals” as if they are legally binding precedent

2. Reporting that the Government has a duty to prove that Instagram or WhatsApp, absent the merger, would have become a significant competitor

3. “No deal is safe”

Professor at Columbia University; author of “The Curse of Bigness,” “The Attention Merchants,” and “The Master Switch;” veteran of Silicon Valley & Obama Admin.

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